Trailing by 5 points with six minutes to play in the third quarter the FastBreak Men's League team called a crucial timeout. In the huddle they went over a plan to attack the opposition's zone defense.
The changes implemented in that timeout sparked a run that gave the boys a chance to win late in the game. "We improved our passing against the zone in the second half to get some nice open looks for our guards," says Coach Mesecke.
The improved passing led to threes by Jacob Uy, Brian Kitamura and two jumpers by Ryan Payne to stretch a lead to as large as 7 points in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately the boys ran out of gas late as Entourage pulled away with a 74-73 win that went down to the wire.
Trailing by 1 with under 10 seconds to play FastBreak had two opportunities to seal the game but Coach Breslin missed two free throws before Alessandro Vezzuto had a contested layup in traffic hit every part of the rim before falling harmlessly to the floor.
Both coaches were extremely proud of the effort and intensity shown by all players. At times it looked as though FastBreak's suffocating pressure defense would break the game wide open but in the end the size of Entourage was too much for them to match.
Coach Mesecke summed up the performance, "When you compete as hard as we did defensively we'll put ourselves in position to win games. Sometimes you just have bad luck."
FastBreak has one more game in Men's League competition next week at 8:00pm before taking a break for the high school season.